Career pathing

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Career pathing
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Career pathing - were developed by companies as a result of constantly changing the strength of supply and demand, decreasing pools of workforce with strong qualifications and various alternative career directions for employees. Paving career paths are designed to facilitate their recruitment and increase productivity by helping employees move to the professions that suit them best.

In particular, the career path applies the growth and implementation of processes and resources designed to constantly help people achieve their most significant and satisfactory contributions throughout their careers. At the individual level, career paths take into account the planned and unplanned sequence of employee professional positions over time[1].

Career pathing concepts

We know four different concepts that shape the structure of a career program[2]:

  • depth - one of the first questions about depth-focused programs is: what are the final goals? It's about how these career paths are defined and how many are there, how you want the team to grow. A good place to start the path definition process is to determine if technical or managerial paths are appropriate,
  • breadth - it's about the scope that has been presented in the career path, so that it reaches as many people as possible and covers enough issues to cover the topic,
  • clarity - it is equally important to ponder how a career-imitating program is presented to employees, as a good structural model is needed. Career programs must be submitted in such a way that they are not interpreted as free training that can be transferred to another firm,
  • flexibility - this aspect is very often neglected, as well as the way of embedding in the design. It should be remembered that the organizational structure is changing, discretionary expenses are reduced, and often irrelevant programs are eliminated.

In this way, the leader applies these basic concepts to career paths, thanks to which his program is unique and adapted to both the individual leader and the organization.

Effects of career pathing on occupational identity

Career paths should encourage employees to develop a strong sense of professional identity because they convey key, role-related information that employees need to accurately interpret their roles and perform their tasks effectively. Formal career paths layout the content of an occupational role by including the needful qualifications, critical job experiences, and competencies associated with each position within the organization.

Career paths also convey the standards and expectations of employees, which is why career paths probably improve the transparency of roles and increase the sense of identity of professional roles by employees.In addition, career paths explain the relational boundaries and differences between positions, which should help employees improve and define their professional identity in relation to the identities associated with other positions[3].


  1. Brown S. D., Lent R. W., (2012), pg. 26
  2. Lane D., (2011), pg. 37-40
  3. Black K., Warhurst R., Corlett S., (2017), pg. 88-89


Author: Oliwia Książek